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Softball: Rosemount tops Burnsville

Rosemount center fielder Ericka Tamminen dives to try to catch a ball in the gap during last Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Eagan. The Irish won four out of their last six games to improve their record to 10-5.

The Rosemount softball team matched last season’s win total with victory No. 10 over Burnsville Monday afternoon at The Cove.

The Irish came from behind to defeat the Blaze for the second time this season, 6-5, improving their record to 10-5 overall and 6-3 in the South Suburban Conference.

Nina Kayfes tied the game at 4-4 with an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth. Kayfes then scored the go-ahead run on a Burnsville error and Nichole Johnson scored what turned out to be an important insurance run on a wild pitch, making it 6-4.

Johnson reached base all four times, walking twice and knocking in two runs with a pair of singles. Anna Hinderaker was 2 for 3 with an RBI.

Rosemount starter Hailey Martinez pitched all seven innings to pick up the win.

The Irish got in a pair of games Saturday in Bloomington. They defeated Kennedy 9-0 at Kelly Fields behind a one-hitter from Martinez, and then lost Game 2 10-3 to fourth-ranked (Class 3A) Bloomington Jefferson at Dred Scott Fields.

Madi Van Sickle had two of Rosemount’s five hits and knocked in a run against Jefferson. Hinderaker added a hit and drew two walks.

Martinez took the loss, allowing 12 hits over six innings. Against Kennedy, Martinez struck out 11 and walked two in a complete-game shutout. Sarah Jacobs paced an eight-hit attack with three hits and two RBI and Hinderaker was 2 for 4 with a triple.

The Irish traveled to Kasson-Mantorville, the No. 1-ranked team in Class 2A, Friday night and managed just five hits in a 5-0 setback.

Gabby Sprang shut out the undefeated Komets for four innings, but ran into trouble in the fifth and allowed five runs.

Johnson supplied two of the Irish’s hits.

Johnson’s RBI ground out in the first inning gave the Irish the lead for good in last Wednesday’s 4-2 road win at Shakopee.

The other three runs all scored in the second inning. Karly Kirchgatter started the frame with a single and scored on Maddy Moran’s base hit. Maddy Olson followed with another RBI single and Hinderaker hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0.

Martinez picked up the win, holding the Sabers to two runs on four hits and striking out four over 6 1/3 innings. Sprang got the final two outs to pick up the save.

The Irish opened the week with a 1-0 shutout of Eastview last Monday, and made it two in a row by blanking Eagan 4-0 last Tuesday at The Cove. Sprang pitched all seven innings and surrendered just one hit while fanning five.

Hinderaker started the scoring with an RBI single in the second. Johnson then ripped a two-run single in the fourth. Olson reached on a double, her first varsity hit, and came around to score on Johnson’s hit to make it 4-0.

The Irish traveled to Lakeville South and Eagan for South Suburban Conference games Tuesday and Wednesday. They are back home this afternoon against Apple Valley before closing out the regular season at Prior Lake tomorrow.